Mind & Soul Choir was founded as a way of promoting mental wellbeing and reducing some of the stigma surrounding mental illness through singing.We are currently supported by the Maudsley Charity. Our patron is the fantastic Mary King.
The choir meets every Wednesday evening from 6pm till 7pm in the gym at the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ. No experience at all is necessary - everyone can sing. Membership is free (donations welcome) and open to staff and service users of the Maudsley, their friends, family and carers, and anyone in the area (SE5 and thereabouts) who wants to express their joy through singing. In fact, if you're not in the area but can make the rehearsals, come along. There are no auditions, and you do not need to read music.
We've performed in a variety of venues, from being the after dinner entertainment for the Florence Nightingale Foundation's gala evening to singing in John Browne's 'A Nightingale Sang' at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. We sing a variety of genres from funk through pop and Motown to folk, classical, world music, swing and everything in between. We recently performed at the Deloitte Ignite Festival at the Royal Opera House and Tedx King's College London.
We are excited to be running a pilot project at River House, a medium secure unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, part of the South London & Maudsley Trust. We also visit the wards at the Maudsley and the Lambeth Hospitals every Christmas to sing.
If you have any questions about the choir or would like to come and sing with us, please email me via the contacts page or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Listen to the Mind & Soul Choir
Click here to go to an interview about Mind & Soul Choir with one of our singers, Gillian Ashwood, which was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3's The Choir on 5 January 2014.